The Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol was established in 1986 and originated in the epidemiology section of the International Council on Alcohol and Addictions (ICAA). The KBS society is an international organization of scientists engaged in research on the social aspects of alcohol use and alcohol problems. The aim of the society is to promote social and epidemiological research on alcohol and foster a comparative understanding of alcohol use and alcohol problems in a spirit of international cooperation.
The society acts a medium for international comparative research projects, such as the GENACIS project (Gender, Alcohol and Culture). It sponsors international seminars on theoretical, methodological or substantive topics. It organises regular meetings for the presentation of research papers and discussion. The main activity is the annual alcohol epidemiology symposium, which are attended by 150-200 persons. In addition, the society sponsors thematic meetings.
Scientists working on problems related to social and epidemiological research on alcohol can apply for membership to the Coordinating Committee.